Will my toenail completely fall off eventually?
About a month ago, while on vacation, I did some extensive walking wearing a really cute pair of heeled boots. Yes, my feet did hurt a little. That evening, I realized that my toe(nail) was sore, but nothing extreme (so I thought). I had on dark red nail polish so nothing was visually wrong (maybe minimally swollen, but don't really recall that). The next morning, my toe was so sore that I wore flip flops for the ride home. The next day (Monday), I wore closed in shoes with just a little disomfort, but nothing big. That evening, I was moving a sofa and stubbed the same toe!!!! OMG!!!! I almost passed out!! It bled profusely and the tip was lifted some. Most of the bleeding was from the sides closest to the tip end of the toe. I couldn't tell how much it was lifted, because I was too scared to look!!! I cleaned it as much as I could, applied neosporin, and took Tylenol. To say the least, it was swollen and bruised. The following morning (Tuesday), it was REALLY SORE and SWOLLEN. My 6 year old son was walking ahead of me (wearing the hardest pair of boots in the world). He stopped dead in his tracks and I stubbed the same toe on his boots!!!!!! I could hear it tear! There was bleeding. I cleaned it, applied ointment, took Tylenol, but had to continue with my day (hopping and moaning). I still had not removed the red polish. Acetone anywhere near the nail was just not smart. There was more swelling. I utilized Internet medicine vs going to see my dr. Now, a month since the initial incident, and I finally found the nerve to take the polish off and clip the nail back as far as I think is ok. There is a really small black "dot" near cuticle and dark red/black hardened "stuff" when you look under the curved, lifted part of the nail. I still haven't had the nerve to try and lift it to see how much it will come up. It is still attached at the cuticle and part of the sides. I don't apply the ointment as much but I keep it clean and cover it since I still haven't attempted to wear shoes. I will be going to NYC in a week and will need to wear shoes. My question is: "Based on the information I provided, will my entire nail fall off eventually?" "Is it ok to wear shoes? Will wearing shoes just damage it further?" "Help! What should I be doing to care for it at this point?"
2520 day(s) ago